Double awards win for Aspire Defence

7 Dec 11

British Safety Council H&S and Environmental Award for ADCW

Photo left - Michael Ward, Works Director for ADCW accepts the Sword of Honour from Alex Botha, British Safety Council's Chief Executive

Photo right - Peter Caddock, Environmental Manager for ADCW accepts the Globe of Honour from Alex Botha, British Safety Council's Chief Executive


Aspire Defence Capital Works (ADCW) has been presented with the British Safety Council’s prestigious Sword of Honour and Globe of Honour awards at a grand ceremony held at the historic Goldsmiths’ Hall, London.

ADCW, a joint venture between Carillion and KBR, was one of only three organisations globally to win both awards in 2011.  This is especially impressive as it is the first time the organisation had applied for either of them.

Widely recognised as the pinnacle of safety and environmental achievement, the Health & Safety awards were presented to 54, and the Environmental award to only six organisations worldwide.  The winners have all been recognised as having exemplary systems for health and safety, and environmental management that are among the best in the world.  In order to be eligible to compete for the Sword of Honour and the Globe of Honour, organisations must have demonstrated that their specific site operates to the highest standards by achieving the maximum rating under the British Safety Council’s five star management system audit scheme.  They must have also demonstrated to an independent adjudication panel a culture of best practice throughout the business – from the board room to the work site.

Martin Kerlogue, SHEQ manager, for ADCW said, “I am tremendously proud on behalf of the management team, staff and all the contractors who work with us to have won the Sword of Honour at our first attempt.” Peter Caddock, environmental manager, added, “To have received the Globe of Honour in the first year of applying is a fabulous result, and it’s great to see we have been rewarded for our sustainability efforts.  It’s so valuable to have that external view which has clearly recognised our results and achievements with this prestigious award.”

Lynda Armstrong OBE, British Safety Council chair, said, “My warmest congratulations to this year’s winners.  Your success in winning the Sword of Honour and Globe of Honour is testimony to your organisation’s and your employees’ commitment to achieving and sustaining the highest standards of health, safety and environmental management.  The tremendous knowledge and competence that you have applied in managing key business risks is rewarded and recognised today.”

Prime Minister, David Cameron, said, “I am delighted to send my congratulations to all of those organisations being presented with an award by the British Safety Council.  These awards recognise the crucial success that these organisations and their employees have achieved in their pursuit of excellence in the management of health, safety and environmental matters at an international level at a time of global challenge.”


Contact details:
Sarah Rolfe, Corporate Communications, Aspire Defence Limited. Tel 0845 168 2035, Mob 07776 244774, Email



Notes to Editors:

Aspire Defence Limited

Aspire Defence Limited is a joint venture between Carillion (17.5%), KBR (45%), InfraRed (5%) and Innisfree (32.5%).  Aspire Defence Capital Works (construction) and Aspire Defence Services (FM) are both 50:50 joint ventures between Carillion and KBR.

Aspire Defence Limited was awarded the MoD’s largest infrastructure PFI contract for Project Allenby/Connaught in March 2006.  Since then it has successfully delivered against an ambitious eight year programme of redevelopment alongside services delivery that will last 35 years and is worth some £8 billion.  Aspire Defence will deliver and maintain 11,800 single en-suite bedrooms together with dining centres and new facilities such as theatres and community centres, supporting the changing needs of the Army for more than 18,700 military personnel in four garrisons across Salisbury Plain and Aldershot.

Progress to date:
- 8,100 soldiers have now moved in to their new en-suite single living accommodation
- 419 new or refurbished buildings have been delivered and on average one building a week will be handed over for occupation (two buildings a week at its peak) during the remainder of the eight-year construction programme
- 406 buildings have been demolished with 97% of materials re-used on site
- Over 11.7 million safe man-hours worked across the six construction sites to date
- Industry leading accident frequency rate (AFR) of 0.03
- Key environmental measures include:

     - 419 buildings are certified as Excellent or Very Good against the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM).  This is the largest BREEAM project in the UK

     - Over 2,500 bat measures have been incorporated in the new buildings across the estate

     - Over 1,000 reptiles have been successfully translocated ahead of construction work commencing

The most significant impact of the contract is the provision of single living accommodation.  Soldiers, who used to share rooms and communal washing facilities in old fashioned poorly maintained Victorian buildings, now have their own bedrooms with private en-suite facilities.  In addition, each six bedroom flat has a lounge, kitchen and laundry room.  This along with the provision of quality shops, cafes, bars and sports facilities is, according to the soldiers themselves, making their daily lives better.  All of this is supported by the provision of a very broad range of services: from technical stores management to tailoring of uniforms, from the provision of transport to catering – in fact just about everything needed to run a military garrison other than the physical security and guarding.

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About the British Safety Council

The British Safety Council is a global health, safety and environmental charity.  Founded in 1957, it works with businesses to improve their health, safety and environmental management.  The charity campaigns and influences, and is a champion of young workers’ safety.  Its vision is that no one should be killed, injured or made ill by their work.
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For further information on the British Safety Council’s auditing programmes and awards for 2011 visit or call 0208 741 1231.
British Safety Council contact:
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